at arms to immediately follow it up with the famous call, the president of the united states, those gentleman come, and i think i know the gentleman in the red tie behind them. let's listen. >> madam speaker. >> madam speaker! >> the president of the united states! [ applause ] >> after a slight false start, the president makes his way down. you can see on your right, majority leader reid of the senate, steny hoyer, majority leader of the house, the handshakes in progress, the tradition as old as not the presidency itself, but the modern presidency, certainly. this speech used to be delivered, essentially, left on the house's doorstep. sometimes i wonder, chris, if that wasn't a better way of doing this. it's such theater. what is it, as we see -- every time we've talked about this, does it have meaning? does it have ceremonial meeting? is this the sliver of monarchy that we like to have in this country? >> well, i think it gets a huge audience on television, keith. and people do want to hear. i remember when president clinton was in office and the pundits would say too much detail.